"Grant Thornton has a fantastic reputation as an employer, frequently listed as one of the most attractive global employers."

James Tinnelly - Tax Senior Manager

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I wanted to be a professional footballer (wishful thinking)!

What made you choose your current profession?

As part of my Business & Management degree, I completed a tax module for the last two years of my course. The lecturer was excellent and her enthusiasm for her chosen field of expertise was infectious. After completion of my degree I took up a training contract and completed my Chartered Tax Adviser exams. As tax legislation is ever changing, ten years later I am still learning which - while challenging - is also rewarding.

Why did you choose to work for Grant Thornton?

Before joining Grant Thornton I worked in another accountancy practice in Jersey but I felt that my career progression was something that employer paid lip service to but never followed through on with their promises. From my research of the job market at the time it appeared that Grant Thornton were leaders in the local market and would provide me with a broad experience over the various tax heads. Grant Thornton also has a fantastic reputation as an employer, frequently listed as one of the most attractive global employers. It was also an important factor knowing that while the Company was a member of a leading global network the business was locally owned and managed.

How has Grant Thornton helped you grow professionally?

Grant Thornton have played an important role in my professional development since I joined. The open door policy of the Directors and Senior Managers has massively aided my career progression and we are actively rewarded when we meet and exceed the objectives which are set.

What do you most like about working at Grant Thornton?

There is not one single factor which I like about working at Grant Thornton but there are number of factors which lead many people, including myself, to stay for many years. There is a good work-life balance ethos at Grant Thornton that respects that while you are at work you need to be the best you can be in order to service Grant Thornton’s clients, however, it is also recognised that employees need to have ‘down time’ away from the office in order to operate at their best. On a professional level, the calibre of clients we interact with on a daily basis is second to none and no two days are the same; every day brings new challenges depending on what client we are dealing with. We are given autonomy over our work load but support is available from Directors and Senior Managers as and when needed.